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Mar 23, 2010 · Leave a Reply

Prevention is the Best Medicine

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network @LeeAase

While you are at Mayo Clinic, whether you are accompanying a family member or friend, consider updating important preventive care services that can help preserve your health.

The Preventive Services Clinic is a care option available at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Patients who do not have a primary care provider at Mayo Clinic, and guests accompanying patients to their appointments and who may have time between appointments, can usually arrange a Preventive Services visit within 24 hours.

Services provided through this clinic are focused on disease prevention. Patients who need evaluation of ongoing symptoms, existing conditions, or other general medical concerns should seek appointments in other areas.

Paul Limburg, M.D., medical director for the Preventive Services Clinic, describes the rationale for the clinic and the services available:

Once you call, the service care provider will ask you questions pertaining to age, gender, past screenings, family history and behaviors. Screenings or consultations will be scheduled that are recommended specifically for you, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the American Canceer Society.

The Preventive Services Clinic provides specific preventive services only, including comprehensive prevention evaluation; coordination of screening tests appropriate for age and gender (e.g., mammography, colonoscopy, etc.); optional consultations for diet, exercise, stress, tobacco and family history risk analysis. It is not a substitute for a general medical examination and does not evaluate new medical problems or symptoms. Patients who are being seen in subspecialty areas can also access the Preventive Services Clinic.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 507-284-5332.

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